Tightening the Apex Axle Joints
- RRS Tripod
- 3/16″ Hex Key (2)
- Rocket Blower
- *Clean Rag
- *Loctite 242
Take two 3/16” hex wrenches or our RRS MTX and loosen the screws at one of the the axle joints. Use one hex wrench to keep the screw from spinning. Use the other hex wrench to loosen the screw on the opposite side. One screw should come off easily and the other should stay attached to the axle. The axle should remain in the tripod apex.
With one screw removed, ensure no debris is inside the axle or on the screw threads. Use compressed air or a rocket blower to remove loose dust.
*If there is grease, oil or grime on the threads of the axle or screw, use some acetone or mineral spirits on a cotton swab to clean it. Allow the solvent to completely evaporate before continuing
Reinstall the screw into the axle and tighten using the 3/16” hex wrenches. Set the desired leg joint tension by adjusting the tightness of the screws. Make small adjustments until you reach your desired leg tension.
Repeat this procedure for all three apex axle joints as necessary.
Optional: To prevent accidental adjustment of the leg tension, place a drop or two of semi-permanent thread adhesive such as Loctite 242 on the screw threads prior to reinstalling it into the axle in step 3. Note that if the threads have grease or oil on them, the thread adhesive will not be able to cure properly. Semi-permanent thread adhesive is available in most hardware stores or you can call our friendly customer service representatives here at Really Right Stuff and we would be more than happy to supply you with some.